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I wanted to like this book far more than I did. At first the little girl who befriended a horse was charming and descriptions of being a child 50 years ago and the constant reminder that the author's mother practiced benign neglect got old and ugly. The comments of her wanting to fight and scratch her sister also got old. After 50 years can't we accept that this was long ago?
The author acknowledged she changed names and blended personalities to prevent anyone learning the identity of the characters. Then why all the petty name calling of the buck toothed girl who had the best horse and the boy she thought was impressive? If the final point of this book is the be mindfully aware of the Serenity Prayer, then 50 years is enough time to know the difference between the things we can change and the things we can not.
If the book had said things like 'I hated my sister, she was always mean to me. At least this is what I thought as an immature 9 year old' and continued with the feelings described as being rude, hurtful, selfish and jealous as young children are apt to be then I would have enjoyed the book more. I can't swallow the 'God wants us to be righteous' then calling someone horse head or mastodon tooth. The two behaviors don't mesh with me.
Well performed. I'm not looking for another book by this author.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely! Dorothy reads this book with such pathos and understanding. Truly comes to life.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Joe - the Horse Nobody Loved?
The moment the little girl sees Joe, and falls in love with him.
What about Dorothy Deavers’s performance did you like?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Both. Laughed out loud and cried buckets.
Any additional comments?
This is a great audio book. My very favorite.
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